I'm very sick.

I've been bragging lately that I haven't been sick in a year. Ever since I started my medication for Hoshimoto's Disease my body has been illness free. One of the symptoms of Hoshimotos is frequent infections, which I was having regularly before I was diagnosed (all the sinus infections were the worst!) Anyway, my prescription ran out last week and between different doctors and changes in my dose, it took awhile to get my prescription filled and I missed a few days.  Then I went to youth conference for the weekend, missed another day or two, didn't sleep well at all, tired myself out and now I am sick. Very sick. Fever, chills, every muscle and bone in my body aches, I couldn't move out of bed Wednesday, all night I had dreams about how horrible I felt, and then for one magical day yesterday I thought I was starting to feel better until 3am this morning when I woke up with a sore throat that feels like someone scraped a cheese grater down my throat, my left eye was stuck shut with eye gunk, my ears hurt, and I was so congested that I was drooling all over my pillow. So here I am, all drugged up wondering if I should call the doctor or just carry on and hope I beat this thing.  But on the bright side, I can blog today. 

Life has been busy lately, very busy. Taylor was sworn in as a lawyer last week for the state of NY. Now we can all call him esquire and he can legally act as an attorney. The ceremony itslef was incredibly boring, but it was a good day. Thanks to  fantastic friend Natalie, who watched out kids all day, we got to spend the day together in Rochester, we went to a quiet wonderful lunch together, and then Taylor drove me up to Seneca Lake where he dropped me off for 3 days of youth conference and he headed back home to take care of the kiddos. Sometimes I am amazed at how wonderful it still is to spend the day with Taylor without our kids, it's like we're dating again. As much as we love those kids of ours, they are A LOT of work!!!!!
 Here's the present I made Taylor for Valentine's Day. It's a crafting pinterest success story. let's ber honest, most of my crafting pinterest attempts are a complete disaster. All the hearts are maps of some of our favorite cities we've visited together. i saw it on pinterest and since Taylor loves maps and big cities, I knew I had to make it.

 This is what happens when i try and take Valentines pictures of the kids. Goodness, my children are not cooperative for the camera.


Back to the blogging world. I got a new camera, and Milly & Henry are still growing, so the blogging continues. Milly & Henry are interacting more and more, they play together, fight together, giggle together, and they drive me crazy together. Sometimes I wonder how Milly is being shaped by Henry, I know she's got a love for cars, fire engines, and trains she may have never otherwise had, but I'm also pretty sure she is more agressive and feisty because of him. She's always having to stand up for herself or protect herself, and she is as loyal as can be. Here they are after a long day of playing. They love sleeping in the same bed, and I can't believe we let them. 

This little Milly Goat has some serious morning mullet hair, and I'm not sure what to do with it! We just do pigtails everyday and hope the future holds some better hair for her.

She's all grown up. It makes me happy. 

 I can't figure out how they sleep like this all night. Just two weeks ago they were sleeping in bed together and Milly got sick and puked all over the bed & blankets in the middle of the night, and he didn't so much as roll over.

Henry loves projects. He makes Taylor draw objects/animals in different pieces and then he cuts them up, colors them, and puts them together like a puzzle. He asked for a wolf here. I told Taylor that it looks nothing like a wolf, but Henry didn't seem to mind.


Let me start this post by stating that I NEED a new camera. I hate my camera. All my pictures come out  blurry, poorly lit, and grainy. I have a Nikon Cool pix. It's horrible. I've tried every setting, even the easy auto mode is awful. So I need suggestions on new cameras. I want a basic point and shoot and maybe even a nice one. 

Happy end of summer! We took a lovely little family trip out to Lake Ontario and let the kids swim. I took this picture because I love breaking rules and I'm really trying not to let it rub off on my children but sometimes I can't help myself. 

We went to this fantastically cute little amusement park for kids and it was 25 cents per ride. Milly was taking this boat riding pretty seriously.
 I think Henry looks so adorable and sweet here. He isn't nearly as sweet as this picture makes him look unless he's asleep. However, he is pretty darn adorable all the time.
 Here's Milly goat at Lake Ontario. It's not the Ocean, just a great lake, with waves.
 She was hot and tired when we took this photo. She just kept begging to go "swim-eem" And check out those cowgirl boots.

I've added this picture because Milly is just so darn cute. We went to a baseball game and she begged to put on Henry's backpack and hat. She is so darn stubborn right now. Her favorite word is "self" which means, "I want to do it by myself!" She jibbers and jabbers non-stop. It's somewhat unintelligible at times. At other times it's hysterical. She calls pretzels, "pantsuits" at least that what it sounds like. And she walks around begging for "pantsuits." I think she's been watching too much CSPAN. She is also obsessed with the word "handful." Like on Sunday when they passed around the sacrament bread and she grabbed about 10 pieces of bread and turned to me and said, "handful!"


We went camping. And there were no toilets or running water. It wasn't even all that bad. Milly and Henry LOVED the tent. Although we realized that our family is ready for something a little bigger than a 2-3 person tent. I slept fine, and the kids slept great. But poor Taylor was a little cramped, he kept mentioning something about a little girl kicking him and rolling all over him all night. 

 She fell down a lot.

I've included two pictures of Milly and her morning hair. It's crazy. Completely out of control, and I love it. 

I told Henry about the Sasquatch. He and Milly went hunting for it. Milly kept begging to go "hunt". They loved it. I thought they looked like little sasquatches here. 

And lastly here is a very blurry picture of Henry sitting by the fire VERY early in the morning. He was begging for us to come light it, and we just wanted to sleep. Why did kids have to wake up so early?


#6. We went to a Carousel museum. I guess some of the first Carousels were here in Buffalo. It was kind of an old creepy place. But it's free on Wednesdays so we decided to check it out. The kiddos love the carousel rides. And all the old ladies running the place were a little overwhelmed at all the little kids. 

#5. Our kiddos LOVE to swim. We've decided that we're going to train them to be olympic swimmers. 

#4. We went to Letchworth State Park for a little day trip. It was overcast and rainy all day. I loved it.

#3 We got ourselves some fishing poles at a yard sale and we went fishing! We didn't catch a thing. But we didn't really try very hard. We took a little run down to the Niagara River and used bread soaked in tuna juice as bait. I think we'll use a real worm next time and go somewhere with better fishing.

 #2 We went to the Erie County fair and had a lot of fun.

We went to the butterfly tent.
We saw the people on stilts.
 And we enjoyed the animals. Milly didn't realize how close she was to the cows until she turned around.
#1. Milly and Henry are all grown up. It kind of makes me sad. Henry looks like a big kid in this picture. If only he acted a little bigger. He is constantly beating up on his poor sister.  She's one tough cookie. I heard Henry screaming from the front room this past week and I went out and found Milly following him around and pushing him and hitting him from behind everywhere he went. He was in tears telling me that Milly was beating him up. I picked him up and looked him in the eye and said, "Where do you think she learned to push and hit like that?" He looked at me and his tears stopped.  He finally realized one of the main reasons (albeit not the best reason) to not hit someone, is that eventually they are going to hit back.


Guess the birthday cake.....

I've got so much to post I have no choice but to create another top ten list. It's the top ten most important/exciting things that have happened, or that I've taken pictures of since the last time I posted. My mother is now offering me a dollar per blog post in hopes that I'll blog more often, but what I really need is a dishwasher! I've been adding up the time I spend washing dishes every week and it's about 10 hours. I should promise more blog posts if she buys me a dishwasher. Anyway, onto the exciting things...Here are the first few in my top ten. Let's hope we get the rest of the ten within the week!

10. Milly Goat turned 2. I made her a cake, and I must admit, it's probably the best cake I've ever made (let's be honest it isn't hard to beat the cakes from years past).  I didn't use a mold of any sort, and I think it's pretty darn amazing. And especially because I'm REALLY bad at baking/decorating. I'll let you guess who/what it is and you can tell me if I did a good job.

 Here she is in her 4th of July outfit with her new birthday microwave.
 Milly's birhtday fell on a Saturday this year so we got up early and went in search of an amazing yard sale birthday present, and we found it! A shoebox full of ponies!!! What more could a girl ask for? She loves them.

9. Running. I signed up for a half-marathon in September with some friends and my wonderful college roommate Hillarie, which means we've been doing a lot of running and we've found lots of new places and parks to run here in Buffalo. This first picture is us running through the corn fields of Western New York.
 Here we are after a run. Henry was screaming because I am too sweaty. Both my kids won't even touch me after a run. Milly just points at me and says yucky sweaty mommy. The humidity here makes me a sticky mess.
 And look at this awesome teeter-totter. They don't make parks like these anymore. It was amazing,

8. Milly climbs out of her crib now which means we find her sleeping in strange places. In this first picture, I had to move the bed to take the picture. I have no idea how she got under that bed. 

 I also have no idea how she can sleep like this. This was at midnight! She had been asleep since 7:30.
 And we still find Henry sleeping in strange places as well.

7. Roatrip! I decided to be brave and while Taylor studied for the Bar Exam, I made the -should be 6 hours but was really 8 hours- drive to Ohio to visit Leisy and her kiddos. Her husband was gone for the week for work, and we wanted some cousin time. This first picture is from the best part of the entire trip.  And might I add that driving long distances with two small children while alone is the definition of distracted driving. 

Luckily there is a Nordstrom Rack half way between Dayton and Buffalo, and we took a little detour to buy Taylor some clothes. It is the only place I've found that sells his shoe size (15!)  and dress shirt size (15.5 neck, 36/37 arms) without having to order online. Might I add however that Taylor is a little bit particular. His dress shirts have to be non-iron, slim fit, collar-stay collars. Here are the shoes we found for him. Milly held them up so I could send him a picture and get his approval. 

Here are the cousins. The fighting was minimal and the trip was well worth it. And Dayton has a Chick-fil-a which was an added bonus. Luckily we went before all the political hoopla and eating there was just a delicious experience rather than a political statement. The only major catastrophe of the trip was a major poop catastrophe at a firework store on the Pennsylvania border. I think the roadtrip was hard on little Milly Goats digestive tract. I would have taken pictures but I was busy being watched by employees and cleaning poop off the floor. 


Happy Birthday Mr. Henry.

This little boy turned 4! He is so darn cute and so darn stubborn. He's really into hypothetical situations right now, like "What if milk came out of the house instead of water?" or "What if Yoshi from Mario Cart was a real dinosaur that swallowed real fire balls?" "What if we put Milly back into your belly right now, and your tummy would tear open and bleed."
Here he is as Darth Vader. How is it that all little boys are drawn to star wars? We don't own the movies, nor do we discuss the characters and their space ships and weapons and uniforms but somehow Henry seems to know about all of these things.
I attempted another 3D cake. I'm really not good at them at all. Maybe on his 18th birthday I'll be able to make an amazing cake. I feel like I am already getting better as the years go by. And this cake made Henry happy, and that's what matters right? Can you guess what it is?
This little boy also graduated from headstart. He had such a good year. He loved it, we loved it, his teachers loved him, and everyone was happy.
Here are his teachers Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Tania. They were wonderful. I miss them. They even made Milly an honorary graduate since she and I went and had lunch with Henry and his class fairly regularly.
Here's Milly Goat at the graduation. She was trying to use the kaleidascope. It was pretty darn cute.
And lastly, my culinary skills outdid themselves on father's day this year. I made Taylor a rosemary and olive oil bread crumb encrusted rack of lamb. Lamb was Taylor's request, and it was actually pretty good. It was also quite pricey. Turns out it's hard to find rack of lamb that isn't organic and from Australia. This might be a once a year kind of meal. Taylor was definitely worth it though, he's the best husband around, and a pretty darn good dad too.